I've had this penalty for probably around 6 months and I can't seem to figure out how to fix it.
Basically, it's a section page which use to get quite a bit of traffic.
Let's say the page is titled Small Widgets and it links to all the types of small widgets: small red widgets, small blue widgets, small green widgets, etc.
Here's the problem: Small Widgets doesn't show up anywhere in the SERPs. Instead, when searching for [small widgets] the small green widgets page shows up on page 4 of the SERPs.
On the other hand, when searching for [little thingies] the Small Widgets page appears on page 2 of the SERPs.
I thought this was some sort of optimization penalty before, but I have made quite a few changes over these months and it didn't help anything.
As for the links to the small green widgets, small red widgets, small blue widgets, is it OK to simply have the link labeled as "red", "green", "blue" or should the have the full title in the links? Does it matter? Could that be the problem?